The SSA continues to report on improvements in techniques to manage all causes of back pain and spinal health concerns. Government initiatives and non-government organisations develop, report and monitor strategies to improve health outcomes for Australians; the SSA keeps you up-to-date here.

WHY DO OLD DOGS LEARN NEW TRICKS?

A qualitative study of what motivates experienced surgeons to learn new surgical techniques.

Are you an experienced spine surgeon who has adopted a new surgical technique in the last five years? Would you be prepared to participate in a research project which is the basis of my minor thesis for a Master of Surgical Education? 

The method of data collection is by a one-off face-to-face interview with audio recording for later transcription. The interview should take about 45 minutes.

If so, please read the information document at: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/28106368/Information%20sheet%20-%20o...

If you would like to participate please contact me at bryan.ashman@act.gov.au

This research has been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee, protocol 2015/612.

 

Vale Barrie Vernon-Roberts

OBITUARY

Professor Barrie Vernon-Roberts, AO, MD, BSc, PhD, FRCPath, FRCPA, FAOrthA (Hon), FRS.SA

Barrie Vernon-Roberts, an international authority on spinal pathology, passed away on December 1 2015 after a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Barrie was born in Ruthin, North Wales and studied medicine at Charing Cross Hospital and the University of London. After internships at Charing Cross Hospital he had a Lectureship at King’s College, University of London. He received a PhD in 1965 and an MD in 1966 for research he carried out on hormonal regulation of macrophages.  He completed his training in pathology and in 1974 he was appointed a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Pathologist at the Royal London Hospital Medical College. Originally he had considered a career in orthopaedic surgery and this was reflected by his lifelong involvement in the pathology of bone and joint disease particularly that of the spine. 

In 1976 Barrie moved to Adelaide where he took up the prestigious position of the George Richard Marks Professor of Pathology at the University of Adelaide Medical School as well as Head of the Division of Tissue Pathology at the Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science and Senior Visiting Pathologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital; and he remained in these posts until 2005. During this period he supervised 45 students for higher degrees (largely within the discipline of bone and joint pathology), authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters, and won many awards including the prestigious Volvo Award from the International society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) on 2 occasions and the ISSLS Prize. 

Barrie was one of the principle figures leading to the formation of the Adelaide Bone and Joint Research Foundation in 1982 and served for almost 20 years as Chairman of the Research Committee. His influence on orthopaedic research in Australia was enormous and was recognized in 1999 by his being made an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. 

The establishment of the Adelaide Centre for Spinal Research and the scientific research that followed would not have occurred without Barrie’s pivotal influence. He was a collaborator in the true sense of the word – inclusive, freely giving of his time and incredibly supportive of all who worked with him. His enormous contribution to Spinal Disorders was acknowledged in 2005 when he was awarded the inaugural Alan Dwyer Medal by the Spine Society of Australia “For a lifetime of excellence in Spinal Research”.

Barrie’s contributions extended outside medicine and pathology and in 2002 this was acknowledged by the Premier’s Award for Outstanding Community Achievement in South Australia. The following year the National Australia Day Council honoured him as Australian of the Year for South Australia and in 2005 he was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO). This award was given “for service to medicine as a researcher, educator and administrator, particularly in the areas of disorders of the bones and joints and pathology of the spine”.

Barrie was a man of enormous intellect, energy and varied interests. He was a keen athlete and as a young man had a golf handicap of 4; he maintained his interest in rugby and golf until the very end which he faced with his customary sheer determination and self-deprecating humour. When an account that described the importance of his research achievements was read to him several months ago, he simply whispered: “all lies!”

Barrie met his much loved wife Jane when they studied together in first year medicine, 61 years before his passing; he was extremely supportive and caring of their four children (one deceased in her mid20’s as a result of road trauma) through both happy and difficult times.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

Professor Robert D Fraser AM

December 2015

 

 

2016 BASS/BSS PRESIDENTS’ TRAVELLING FELLOWSHIP

The British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) and the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) offer senior residents, spinal fellows and junior consultants a chance to have extensive exposure to complex spinal procedures at established spinal units over 2 weeks.

 

To assist in the promotion of this travelling fellowship, we would be grateful if you could encourage your colleagues to apply for this and to display the attached poster in your department.

 

With many thanks and best wishes

 

 

Julia Bloomfield

Executive Assistant

United Kingdom Spine Societies Board (UKSSB) Ltd representing the

 

British Association of Spine Surgeons (BASS) www.spinesurgeons.ac.uk

British Scoliosis Society (BSS) www.britscoliosissoc.org.uk

Society for Back Pain Research (SBPR) www.sbpr.info

 

Registered Office: The Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE

Registered in England No 09162021

 

Main

+44(0)2074056507

Mobile

+44(0)7730747709

Fax

+44(0)2078312676

Email

ukssb@boa.ac.uk and/or j.bloomfield@boa.ac.uk

Website

www.ukssb.com

 

 

 

AOSpine Asia Pacific Interactive Courses 2015

AOSpine Asia Pacific Interactive Courses 2015 (Regional), Hong Kong, 24–26 September 2015 

 

Space is limited and the registration confirmation is on first-come-first-serve basis.

AOSpine proudly announces AOSpine Asia Pacific Interactive Courses 2015 (hk2015.aosap.org) to be held from 24 – 26 September 2015 in Hong Kong.  Having enjoyed a phenomenal success in previous regional courses taken place in Kualua Lumpur 2012, AOSpine is bringing its flagship courses to Hong Kong again in 2015.

 

CHF 700* (Original CHF 1000) for 1 course / CHF 1100* (Original CHF 1800) for 2 courses!!

*1 year membership inclusive

The courses in this 3-day program are designed by the expert team led by AOSpine Asia Pacific Education Committee Chairpersons (Ortho & Neuro):

1. AOSpine Masters Course 

2. AOSpine Advanced Course - Cervical Degeneration

3. AOSpine Advanced Course - Lumbar Degeneration 

4. AOSpine Advanced Course – Deformity in Sagittal Imbalance 

5. AOSpine Advanced Course – Current Controversies and Conclusions in Spinal Trauma 

Each course is 1.5 day and will repeat once (another 1.5 day), making the entire program a 3-day span.  

*Attached please find the preliminary program book of AOSpine Asia Pacific Interactive Courses 2015 for further information and the registration form. 

 

If you are interested in joining the course, please:

1)Go visit our website hk2015.aosap.org

2)Fill out the attached registration form and email it back to hk2015@aosap.org or fax to +852 2581 1772.  

We are looking forward to meeting you in Hong Kong this September! 

 

AOSpine Asia Pacific Interactive Courses 2015 (Regional), Hong Kong, 24–26 September 2015

AOSpine Asia Pacific Interactive Courses 2015 (Regional), Hong Kong, 24–26 September 2015 

 

Space is limited and the registration confirmation is on first-come-first-serve basis.

AOSpine proudly announces AOSpine Asia Pacific Interactive Courses 2015 (hk2015.aosap.org) to be held from 24 – 26 September 2015 in Hong Kong.  Having enjoyed a phenomenal success in previous regional courses taken place in Kualua Lumpur 2012, AOSpine is bringing its flagship courses to Hong Kong again in 2015.

 

CHF 700* (Original CHF 1000) for 1 course / CHF 1100* (Original CHF 1800) for 2 courses!!

*1 year membership inclusive

The courses in this 3-day program are designed by the expert team led by AOSpine Asia Pacific Education Committee Chairpersons (Ortho & Neuro):

1. AOSpine Masters Course 

2. AOSpine Advanced Course - Cervical Degeneration

3. AOSpine Advanced Course - Lumbar Degeneration 

4. AOSpine Advanced Course – Deformity in Sagittal Imbalance 

5. AOSpine Advanced Course – Current Controversies and Conclusions in Spinal Trauma 

Each course is 1.5 day and will repeat once (another 1.5 day), making the entire program a 3-day span.  

*Attached please find the preliminary program book of AOSpine Asia Pacific Interactive Courses 2015 for further information and the registration form. 

 

If you are interested in joining the course, please:

1)Go visit our website hk2015.aosap.org

2)Fill out the attached registration form and email it back to hk2015@aosap.org or fax to +852 2581 1772.  

We are looking forward to meeting you in Hong Kong this September! 

 

BASS/BSS Traveling Fellowship - SSA Members invited to apply!

 

The British Association of Spinal Surgeons (BASS) and the British Scoliosis Society (BSS) offers senior residents, spinal fellows and junior consultants a chance to have extensive exposure to complex spinal procedures at established spinal units over two weeks. The fellowship programme includes mandatory attendance at the following BritSpine meeting. The programme rotates between established orthopaedic and neurosurgical spinal centers allowing significant contact between fellows and leaders in the field. The fellowship will take place in late February – early March 2016 around spinal centers in the North of the country between Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle culminating at the President’s institute in Norwich.

Application Process:

1. To apply, please submit CVs along with personal statement describing career pathway, interests and future plans.

2. Letter of recommendation from supervising consultant/ clinical lead.

3. Application to be sent to Julia Bloomfield at j.bloomfield@boa.ac.uk by 15th October 2015. Selected candidates would be informed in early December 2015.

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Applicants should be members of BASS/BOA/SBNS/local spine society

2. Applicants should be post-FRCS exam senior residents, clinical spinal fellows or junior consultants in the first two years of their appointment.

3. Previously unsuccessful applicants can apply again.

4. The fellowship cannot be awarded retrospectively.

The Fellowship:

1. BASS will reimburse travelling expenses upto £1000. These need to be claimed within 6 months of the fellowship. Detailed financial arrangement will be provided to successful candidates.

2. International fellows need to pay for their flights to the UK.

3. By accepting the Fellowship, all awardees are agreeing not to partake in any activities that will bring the BASS and/or the sponsors into disrepute. The BASS accepts no liability for the actions of the candidates while on the Fellowship, or for activities related to it.

4. Each Fellows will need to submit a report of about 500 words in 6 weeks from the completion of the fellowship, which maybe published on the BASS website.

Thanks to Hon. Sussan Ley MP and Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin

The 26th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Spine Society of Australia was held in Canberra from 10th to 12th April 2015.

The members of the Spine Society of Australia were honoured to welcome The Australian Minister for Health Hon. Sussan Ley MP and Chief of the Defence Force. Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin.

We thank you for sacrificing your value time to attend and contribute to our meeting.

Hon. Sussan Ley MP addressed the members on The Future of Funding in Australia and accepted questions from SSA members. Questions raised from the floor included a brief discussion regarding the forthcoming SSA Outcomes Registry. SSA is optimistic that we'll maintain a healthy dialogue with the Australian Minister for Health as the the Registry rolls out.

 

 

 

Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin attended the Conference Dinner in ANZAC Hall at the Australian War Memorial as Honoured guest. On the eve of 100th Anniversay of ANZAC Day, his after dinner address  was unforgettable. He honoured the sacrifice of Australian men and women in far away locations focusing on the masive loss of lives during WW1 for young Australia . From a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner. A further 60,000 died within 10 years of returning from Europe.

 

 

 

 

Value of Intra-operative CT and Navigation Systems

“A Qualitative Web Based Expert Opinion Analysis on the Adoption of Intra-Operative CT and Navigation Systems”
Click Here

Post fellowship education in spine surgery (PFET) program now accredited by RACS

The SSA announces approval by the RACS of the combined SSA and AOA fellowship program. For details see here  or look under the 'Fellowships' menu of this website.  

2009 Spine Society of Australia Awards:

2009 Spine Society of Australia Awards:

Annual Scientific Meeting, Brisbane.

Best Presentation Award:

Michele Sterling, Joan Hendrikz, Justin Kenardy.

Developmental trajectories of pain and disability and post-traumatic stress symptoms following whiplash injury. 

Best Poster Award:

Alexander Gibson, Satyen Mehta, Ben Goss, Richard Williams. 

Significance of the inverted radial reflex in asymptomatic subjects.

Rob Johnston Award

Matthew Shaw, Marie Izatt, Clayton Adam, Paul Licina, Geoffrey Askin. 

i-Cobb – an innovative technique in spinal radiographic measurement.

Spinal  Research Award

Ranganathan Arun, Brian Freeman, Brigette Scammell, Donal McNally, Penny Gowland. What influence dose sustained mechanical load have on diffusion in the human intervertebral disc? An in-vivo study using serial post-contrast magnetic resonance imaging.

 

SSA 2011

 

The 22nd annual SSA scientific meeting will be held in Melbourne from Fri 15th April to Sunday 17th April at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne.

 

The meeting will follow a two day Australian Orthopaedic Association continuing education meeting to be held from 13th April to 14th April.

Invited Speakers are:

Prof Jean Charles Le Huec Bordeaux France

Professor Chris Ames San Francisco USA

For details click here.

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Abstract submission for SSA meeting 2011

 

Abstract submission for SSA meeting 2011 - 

Click here for abstract submissions for the 2011 meeting in Melbourne.

Abstract submission for SSA meeting 2011

Click here for abstract submissions for the 2011 meeting in Melbourne.

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John O'Brien catalogue - November 2008

The Catalogue of the John O'Brien Book Collection as of November 2008.

The Collection is held at. 

The Adelaide Centre for Spinal Research
Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science
PO Box 14 Rundle Mall
Adelaide SA 5000

Ph: 08 8222 3645
Fax: 08 8222 3064

email: secretariat@spinesociety.org.au

SSA 2008 award and prizewinners

SSA 2008 award and prizewinners

Allan Dwyer Medal (presentated for lifetime achievement in spine surgery or research)
Professor Robert Fraser.

Spinal Research Award (sponsored by Medtronic)
Cameron Lutton, Yun Wai Young, Adrian Meedeniya, Alan Mackay-Sim, Ben Goss. Reduction of Secondary Degeneration after Spinal Cord injury by Acute Delivery of Vascular Growth Factors.

Rob Johnston Award (sponsored by the Rob Johnston Trust and the Spine Society of Australia)
Henry Tsao, Mary Galea, Paul Hodges. Reorganisation of the motor cortex in chronic low back pain.

Best Presentation Award (sponsored by Medtronic)
Brian Freeman, Nicholas Steel, Tracey Sach, James Hegarty, Rikke Soegaard. Cost effectiveness of two forms of circumferential lumbar fusion: a prospective randomized controlled trial.

Best Poster Award (sponsored by Orthotech)
Markus Melloh, Thomas Barz, Peter Reiger, Lukas Staub, Emin Aghayev, Christoph Roeder, Thomas Zweig, Jean-Claude Theis. The diagnostic value of a treadmill test in predicting lumbar spinal stenosis.

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Abstract submission centre now closed

Abstract submission centre now closed

The abstract submission centre for the 2008 annual scientific meeting is now closed.

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Clinical Research PhD Scholarships University of Queensland

The NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in Spinal Pain, Injury and Health (CCRE SPINE), located in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at The University of Queensland, is offering 2 PhD scholarships commencing in 2008.

The scholarships will provide an opportunity for candidates with a background in basic or clinical health sciences to undertake doctoral training in spinal research.

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Membership application

Anyone considering making an application to join the Spine Society of Australia needs to be aware that completed applications need to be in the hands of the Secretary of the Society one month prior to the Annual General Meeting on 19 th April 2008.

Experience shows that in order for there to sufficient time to get responses from referees that application forms should be in the hands of the Secretary by mid Febuary 2008.

Further details about membership, including an application form can be found by here.

 

Call for abstracts

The next annual scientific meeting will be held in Adelaide from Fri 18 th - Sunday 20 th April 2008 at the Hilton Hotel. Submissions for Both Scientific abstracts and for the  Spinal research award are invited.

Submission will be by online submission only. 

Deadline for abstract submission: 1500 hrs Fri 11 Jan 2008

Authors acceptance: 12 Feb 2008

Anyone considering submitting an abstract is encouraged to look at 'How to write a better abstract' by Owen Williamson 

(Editorial Secretary)

 

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MACNAB/LAROCCA RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AWARD

THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF THE LUMBAR SPINE

MACNAB/LAROCCA RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP AWARD

 

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